Luther College releases Fall 2021 Dean’s List

Luther College’s Fall 2021 Dean’s List includes 698 students; 120 first-years, 163 sophomores, 167 juniors and 248 seniors.To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale and must complete at least 12 credit hours with 10 hours of conventional grades (A, B, C, D).

United States:

Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

International:

Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Italy, Kosovo, Liberia, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Uruguay, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

United States

Arizona

Chandler
Abigail Dykstra, first-year


Tucson
Matias Parada, senior

Arkansas

Little Rock
Ruby Zorn, first-year

California

Encinitas
Mark Prince, first-year


Murrieta
Hayden Glynn, senior


Petaluma
Lizzie Snyder, first-year


Rancho Santa Fe
Ben Houri, junior


Sacramento
Ahmad Danesh Rassa, senior


Whittier
Nicholas Viveros, first-year

Colorado

Arvada
Sam Bundy, sophomore


Aurora
Victoria Brown, sophomore
Mara Wood, senior


Brighton
Vershon Brooks, first-year


Colorado Springs
Tim Mewborn, sophomore
Peter Stinar, first-year


Fort Collins
Carmen Henderson, first-year
Cassie Magee, junior


Larkspur
Ella Smith, junior


Loveland
Alena Schuemann, sophomore


Parker
Esther Choo, senior

Florida

Jacksonville
Nova Withers, senior

Illinois

Algonquin
Adam Burdzy, senior


Aurora
Shelby Cassidy, senior


Batavia
Fiona Garrity, sophomore
Cade Hawkins, first-year
Cade Hawkins, first-year
Nathan Knautz, junior


Chicago
Amari Craig, junior
Ozzie De Paz, junior


Coal Valley
Hannah Evans, junior


Columbia
Sienna Haubein, senior


Danvers
Layken McGuire, sophomore


Dixon
Patrick Powers, junior


East Dundee
Brynn Guth, senior


Elmhurst
Judy Rosland, first-year


Erie
Hannah Schanze, senior


Freeport
Payton Shockey, junior


Geneseo
Madi Miller, senior


Hoffman Estates
Brandon Dorans, junior


La Grange
Madeline Wilkins, senior


Libertyville
Alex Dikelsky, senior
Kiley Nolan, sophomore


Moline
William Van Vooren, senior


Morrison
Allison Houldson, senior


Normal
Liz Burton, senior


Oak Park
Justin Stewart, senior


Plainfield
Jami Dietz, sophomore


Port Byron
Daniel Benoit, junior


Rapids City
Sammy Ferguson, junior


Rock Island
Ethan Braun, junior
Siobhan Dunn, sophomore
Aislinn Geedey, junior


Rockford
Francis Cichock, sophomore


Romeoville
Kaylee Martin, sophomore


South Jacksonville
Camille Blanford, senior


Springfield
Elise Ilsley, first-year

Iowa

Alburnett
Elise Smith, junior
Nicole Smith, junior


Alexander
Abby Bates, first-year


Algona
Alison Merrill, senior


Altoona
Madison Becthold, sophomore


Ames
Eva Anderson, sophomore
Peyton Gallt, first-year
Alison McHenry, senior
Jake Steenhoek, sophomore


Anamosa
Sophie Wilt, senior


Ankeny
Rebekah Riedemann, senior
Elise Wilson, junior


Avoca
Kailey Jones, sophomore


Bettendorf
Bailey Connors, senior
Abby Hamborg, sophomore
Sarah Schmidt, first-year


Birmingham
Grace Davidson, sophomore


Burlington
Thea Good, senior


Calamus
Navia-Ayauna Erbst, junior


Calmar
Emma Barness, first-year


Camanche
Dylan Determan, junior


Cedar Falls
Anastasia Davidson, sophomore
Sarah Hoehns, senior
Ethan Kober, sophomore
Katherine Lawson, sophomore
Sam Lubs, junior
Clare Rolinger, senior
Sam Schillinger, senior


Cedar Rapids
Katie Andreasen, senior
Shelby Cook, senior
Audrey Fashimpaur, senior
Alyssa Gray, first-year
Lauren Gray, sophomore
Max Holt, senior
Madelyn O’Brien, junior
Emma Prostine, sophomore
Kaylee Waterhouse, sophomore


Center Point
Madison Kurt, senior


Charles City
Anastasia Baldus, junior


Clarksville
Janet Borchardt, junior


Columbus Junction
Grace Watson, junior


Coralville
Mia Irving, sophomore
Eric Shaffer, sophomore


Cresco
Haley Newman, senior


Creston
Marie Mullin, first-year


Davenport
Becca Davis, junior
Brittney Witt, senior
Zeke Wynsma, junior


Decorah
Pat Bockman, sophomore
Maddie Davis, senior
Isabel De la Cruz Hexom, senior
Erin Dintaman, junior
Thomas Hadley, sophomore
Beau Hawley-Bourcier, sophomore
Rye Hawley-Bourcier, senior
Willem Hawley-Bourcier, sophomore
Keely Hermanson, first-year
Ava Holland, sophomore
Hallie Johnson, senior
Meron Kahsay, senior
Lily McGohan, sophomore
Adam Mertzenich, sophomore
Elijah Mitchell, sophomore
Jake Muhlbauer, senior
Jarod Phillips, senior
Maddie Putnam, sophomore
Rylea Ranum, senior
Isaac Roberts, junior
Braydon Saltou, junior
Meg Sessions, sophomore
Lily Smith, first-year
Abigail Toussaint, senior
Sam Wilson, senior
Tucker Young, sophomore
Avery Zheng, junior


Denver
Colin Beck, senior
Mackenzie Milder, first-year


Des Moines
Reagan Anania, junior
Greta Carlson, senior
Kenneth Cronin, first-year
Ella Cummings, senior
Jackson Geadelmann, junior
Delilah Gray, junior
Jerry Jones, senior
Emma Lin, junior
Will Ode, junior
Sofia Sackett, junior
Waleed Yual, senior


DeWitt
Allison Hasenmiller, junior


Dubuque
Theresa Easley, senior
Brianna Fry, senior
Katie Gorton, senior
Grace Herber, senior
Heather Hostager, senior
Foster Hull, first-year
Riley O’Donnell, first-year


Eldora
Mary Brady, first-year


Elgin
Carson Ward, junior


Elkader
Lauryn Swigart, senior


Ely
Riley Sauser, first-year


Emmetsburg
Gabrielle Janssen, sophomore
Thomas Woodford, senior


Epworth
Chloe Baumgartner, senior


Gladbrook
Kerrigan Hatch, sophomore


Granger
Tom Altier, senior
Emma Forbes, senior


Grimes
Emily Frett, senior


Grinnell
Grace McIlrath, first-year
Danica Nolton, senior


Hudson
Morgan Hansen, sophomore
Sophie Selenke, sophomore


Huxley
Karlee Emerson, senior


Indianola
Maddy Wedmore, senior


Iowa City
Julie Brashers-Krug, first-year
Katie Dunn, senior
Emma Gibson, sophomore
Ethan Goers, senior
Elizabeth Heimer-Lang, senior
Mason Irving, first-year
Quenton Max, senior
Amelia Morrow, senior
Grace Parrott, sophomore
Lindsey Parrott, senior
Jake Sharafuddin, senior
Julia Weiner, first-year
Anna Ziniel, senior


Johnston
Jack Fritz, first-year
Logan Fritz, first-year
Maddie Gregurek, senior
Peyton McClure, senior
Alex Thompson, senior


Kalona
Adria Ebersole, junior
Micah Miller, junior
Kaitlin Poock, senior


Kensett
Anna Dietrich, senior


Keosauqua
Tayton Bartholomew, senior


La Motte
Emma Sanders, sophomore


La Porte City
Madelon Rathe, first-year


Lansing
Kendra Cooper, senior


Le Mars
Sarah Benton, senior


Lime Springs
Shelby Pisney, junior


Long Grove
Zoe Warm, junior


Manchester
Jacob Wenger, first-year


Maquoketa
Camryn Berg, senior
Addie Craig, senior


Marion
Will Angstman, senior
Hoffman Chan, senior
Kirsten Loynachan, senior


Marshalltown
Shakira Herrera, junior


Mason City
Natalia Cadena, senior
Gaby Castelan, sophomore
Britta Elsbernd, first-year
Nathan Elsbernd, senior


Mc Gregor
Maxwell Koeller, sophomore


Melbourne
Jannie Gowdy, first-year


Monticello
Ryan Manternach, senior


Mount Vernon
Katy Bellamy, senior
Sara De La Rosa, first-year
Danielle Pitts, first-year
Annie Rhomberg, junior
Keaton Wenz, sophomore
Paige Zaruba, junior


Muscatine
Brylee Christopher, sophomore


Newton
Preston Sherwood, senior
Laura Wyre, junior


North Liberty
Hannah Johnson, first-year
Lauren Siems, sophomore
Hayden Thompson, first-year
Eli Young, first-year


Osage
Claire Sullivan, senior


Oskaloosa
Joshua Hartl, senior


Polk City
Kayla Brummer, first-year


Postville
Laura Roman Camarillo, junior


Robins
Erica Schulte, first-year
Julia Schulte, junior
Abby Spore, sophomore


Sheffield
Sarah Retz, senior


Sherrill
Jessica Droessler, junior


Solon
Kale Altman, junior
Faye Duster, senior
Jill Richards, senior


Spillville
Emmaleigh Ohrt, sophomore


Spirit Lake
Kylie Holdorf, senior


Swisher
Megan Grimm, senior


Tiffin
Claire Hruby, junior


Urbana
Newelle Dalton, sophomore


Urbandale
Hailey Abbey, senior
Kaitlyn Belger, junior
Maia Bumgardner, first-year
Ben Meyer, senior
Megan Miller, first-year
Josh Muller, senior
Riley Vander Hart, senior


Washington
Olivia Quinby, junior


Waterloo
Michelle Chin, sophomore


Waterville
Katelyn Leiran, senior


Waukee
Cole Barrett, sophomore
Sonja Barrett, senior
Courtney McDermott, junior
Jack Moriarty, sophomore


Waukon
Leslie Halverson, senior


Waverly
Ashley Schultz, senior
Samantha Snyder, senior
Amy Webb, sophomore
Avery Wrage, first-year


Wellman
Skyler Schneider, sophomore


West Des Moines
Kaitlyn Bebensee, sophomore
Kelsey Hubble, senior


West Union
Zoey Frey, senior


Winterset
Will Heithoff, sophomore


Winthrop
Kimberly Fank, senior

Kansas

Lawrence
Lindsey Fry, senior


Olathe
Ian Gonzales, sophomore

Kentucky

Louisville
Aidan Schooling, junior

Maine

Surry
Kalista Farmer, junior

Massachusetts

Hudson
Sam Maston, sophomore

Michigan

Milan
Mark Severtson, sophomore

Minnesota

Alexandria
Avery Hagstrom, sophomore


Andover
Sam Feine, senior
Stephanie Lewis, junior
Aidan Winter, first-year


Annandale
Reece Wright, first-year


Anoka
Kitri Lindberg, junior


Apple Valley
Hope Gilbertson, senior
Rose Sieve, senior


Austin
Hannah Alberts, senior
Isaac Christopherson, senior
Keagan Larson, sophomore
Gideon Perez, junior


Belle Plaine
Hunter Meyer, senior


Bemidji
Mattie Snyder, sophomore


Blaine
Claudia Podesta, sophomore


Bloomington
Ellie Murnan, junior
Philip Royer, senior


Brooklyn Park
Ryan Holt, sophomore


Buffalo
Anna Ebnet, senior


Burnsville
Taylor Bergerson, junior


Caledonia
Ethan Papenfuss, senior


Cannon Falls
Tessa Barnes, senior


Carlton
Mary Osborne, sophomore


Carver
Peter Edlund, junior


Center City
Lars Heinecke, junior


Chanhassen
Marin Leone, senior


Chaska
Ella Marti, first-year


Chatfield
Isabelle Berg, junior
Sloan Clemens, sophomore


Cold Spring
Austin Wesenberg, sophomore


Cottage Grove
Fancy Mua, senior


Crystal
Anna Hunke, sophomore


Dassel
Brynn Olsen, senior
Anders Peterson, junior


Deer River
Madeline Starck, junior


Dennison
Josie Ramler, junior


Duluth
Adelaide Bohlmann, junior
Frost Bowen-Bailey, senior
Erik Radke, sophomore
Olivia Rawlyk, senior
Ava White, sophomore
Clara Wodny, junior


Eagan
Makayla Haddorff, junior
Sam Nelson, junior
Jane Ottesen, junior


Eden Prairie
Kaija Welter, senior


Edina
Ellie Gardner, sophomore
Olivia Gustafson, first-year
Charlie Heinecke, junior
Eli Leupold, senior
Riley Masica, junior


Elgin
Katy Klein, first-year


Elk River
Sam Orgon, sophomore


Eyota
Valorie Ziemer, senior


Fairmont
Ethan Grunewald, sophomore
Eric Head, senior


Falcon Heights
Nathan Behrens, sophomore
Sarah Schreiner, junior


Faribault
Amanda Johnson, senior
Donald Scheel, junior


Farmington
Katherine Bellefeuille, junior
Chayla Velander, junior


Fergus Falls
Berit Skogen, junior
Cami Sternberg, senior


Fountain
Hunter Hobbs, senior


Fridley
Harrison Blum, junior
Peter Heryla, sophomore


Geneva
Nikita Peterson, senior


Hamel
Cassandra Hultgren, sophomore


Hastings
Eric Bacon, senior
Owen Matzek, first-year


Hokah
Sidney Miller, sophomore


Inver Grove Heights
Kelly Fiedler, senior
Samantha Sabin, sophomore
Abbi Slininger, sophomore


Jordan
Sophie Bierlein, junior


Kasota
Marina Sawyer, sophomore


Kasson
Emmy Carlson, junior
Jared Ellison, senior


Kenyon
Annalie Piller, sophomore
Kaitlyn Vold, junior


La Crescent
Hannah Clarkin, junior


Lakeland
Anthony Hamer, senior


Lakeville
Kyle Brusco, senior
Kinsey Greenlee, senior
Leah Koenig, sophomore
Nicole Larson, sophomore
Abigael McCarthy, junior
Cassandra Norton, sophomore
Abigail Russeth, first-year


Lanesboro
Matthew Eversole, senior


Le Sueur
Kylie Dunning, junior
Lane Schwarz, junior


Lino Lakes
Charlie Sylvester, senior


Long Lake
Katie Dore, senior


Luverne
Courtney Wendland, junior


Mabel
Sarina Stortz, sophomore


Mankato
Rachel Clennon, senior
Ana Goellner, sophomore


Mantorville
Morgan Coy, sophomore


Maple Grove
Anna Beaverson, sophomore
Jessica Dahl, sophomore
Anna Kjeldahl, sophomore
Kyra Kjeldahl, senior
Samantha Peterson, sophomore
Anna Stenerson, first-year


Maple Plain
Madeline Eppard, senior


Mazeppa
Cole Peters, senior


Minneapolis
Norah Austin, first-year
Rainey Baker, sophomore
Sten Bulander, junior
Ingrid Christopherson, senior
Mercedes Cruz, junior
Emily Dyrdahl, senior
Britt Fulton, sophomore
Betsy Gebhard, sophomore
Hailee Gilliand, senior
Maggie Haller, sophomore
Jonas Haugland, first-year
Molly Jaeger, senior
Owen Johnson, senior
Ian Klein, senior
Will Kuelbs, first-year
Margaret Mullin, sophomore
Sophie Nall, senior
Jorgen Olson, sophomore
Penelope Onsrud, junior
Max Pardo, senior
Lainey Patzloff, sophomore
Charlie Rubendall, junior
Syd Schreier, senior
Cullen Stamp, junior
Lucy Tschida, sophomore
Kathryn Waller, senior
Ian Wreisner, senior


Minnetonka
Jane Bremer, senior
Noah Howe, sophomore


Mound
Tia Meyer, junior


Nerstrand
Kasandra Keller, junior
Olivia Schmidt, senior


New Ulm
Allie Anderson, first-year


North Oaks
Libby Carls, first-year
Lizzie Kauls, junior


Northfield
Noah Arndt, first-year
Ashley Imdieke, first-year
Jessi Labenski, senior
Ryan Malecha, first-year
Jessica Olson, junior
Chloe Rozga, first-year
Brooke Stanga, senior
Gabriella Vargas, junior


Owatonna
Elena Dant, senior
Abbi Schroeder, sophomore


Park Rapids
Matt Benson, senior


Pine Island
Lauren Monosmith, junior
Madilyn Wooten, junior


Plato
Leah Crown, junior


Plymouth
Connor Fuzzey, junior
Maya Grocholski, sophomore
Riley Schulte, first-year


Princeton
Ellie Palashewski, senior


Prior Lake
Jenna Uphoff, senior


Randolph
Hailey Roberge, junior


Red Wing
Calvin Harper, senior
Marshall Laidlaw, junior


Robbinsdale
Josie Meyer, sophomore


Rochester
Sydney Clausen, senior
Ethan Erickson, sophomore
Sydney Frank, junior
Elena Freund, junior
Abbey Gapinski, senior
Allegra Garcia, junior
Ben Gunsch, senior
Daniel Hunsberger, sophomore
Elizabeth King, senior
Abbe Lacey, senior
Josie LaVoi, senior
Isaiah Nordine, sophomore
Daniel Pfeffer-Kleemann, sophomore
Ella Rowley, sophomore
Alex Smith, senior
Mia Suzuki, sophomore


Rogers
Jenna Charlson, first-year


Rosemount
Abbie Ostrum, sophomore
Nathan Putman, senior
Michaela Weber, sophomore


Roseville
Alice Feist, junior
Cirdan Klindworth, sophomore
Nick Rogness, junior
Elijah Wallace, sophomore


Rushford
Anna Kjos, senior
Jasmine Schueler, junior
Noah Woxland, junior


Saint Charles
Anna Decker, junior
Emily Hursh, first-year


Saint James
Landon Hoppe, senior


Saint Joseph
Nicholas Drew, first-year


Saint Michael
Josh Kainz, sophomore
Nora Weigle, senior
Ted Weigle, sophomore


Saint Paul
Nathan Anderson, junior
Will Benjamin, senior
Caylee Christian, sophomore
Kira Dobberman, senior
McKenna Gager, first-year
Emilie Gitter, senior
Emma Goulet, junior
Nick Greseth, junior
Emily Groppoli, first-year
August Halverson, junior
Kjerstin Halverson, sophomore
Anni Hedges, senior
Benjamin Hughes, junior
Samuel Liska, junior
Sully Lucy, first-year
Leah Marxhausen, senior
Kirby Masso, sophomore
Erin McCulloch, junior
Mary McTeague, senior
Ally Moseley, junior
Kimberlyn Perez-Salazar, senior
Natalie Peterson, junior
Julia Praska, first-year
Meghan Rice, senior
Meg Stucker, sophomore
Emma Syers, senior
Anna Tahnk, senior
Leah Thompson, senior
Elise Trail-Johnson, first-year
Catherine Vitt, senior
Maya Wosepka, sophomore


Saint Peter
Greta Anderson, senior


Sartell
Chase Heying, first-year
Rachel Schatz, senior


Shakopee
Blayre Wisneski, sophomore


Shoreview
Megan Rasmussen, sophomore
Ella Sneltjes, senior


Spring Grove
Kelsey Bratland, first-year
Amelia Solum, sophomore


Spring Valley
Audrey Farlinger, senior


Springfield
Eva Mark, sophomore


Stacy
Kaitlyn Blackburn, sophomore
Logan Olson, senior


Stewartville
Gloria Nelson, sophomore
Emily Rinken, senior
Nate Sikkink, senior
Kaylee Smidt, junior


Stillwater
Seth Olson, junior
Carolyn Wrightsman, senior


Utica
Katie Dailey, first-year
Alayna Helgemoe, first-year


Waconia
Jacob Larson, senior


Wayzata
Jared Penshorn, junior


Webster
Sam Vue, sophomore


West Saint Paul
Allison Reding, junior


Winona
Sarah Halverson, senior
Anna Rem, senior
Jordan Rubie, sophomore


Woodbury
Charlie Anderson, sophomore
Grace May, first-year
Tessa Sand, senior


Worthington
Adam Koller, sophomore


Zimmerman
Kaylee Turney, junior


Zumbro Falls
Morgan Kane, first-year


Zumbrota
Dalton Ludington, senior

Missouri

Kansas City
Fred Farrand, senior

Nebraska

Lincoln
Catherine Wedin, junior


Omaha
Alena Bennett, first-year
Allison Marasco, first-year

Oklahoma

Edmond
Robert Reece, senior

Oregon

Portland
Benjamin Bridges, sophomore

Pennsylvania

Lemont
Mara Anderson-Skelly, first-year


Selinsgrove
Asli Lawrence, first-year

Puerto Rico

San Juan
Luis Figueroa, first-year

South Carolina

Marietta
Erin Villmow, senior

South Dakota

Sioux Falls
Sam Eng, sophomore
Ethan Moore, senior
Benjamin Wentzel, senior
Isaac Woods, senior

Texas

Houston
Alisa Stringer, senior


Temple
Noah Hill, junior

Virginia

Stafford
Christion Pinkney, senior

Washington

Bainbridge Island
Elena Conklin, first-year


Bellingham
Leigh Hjelmseth, sophomore
Gracia Powell, first-year


Lynnwood
Charlotte Appel, first-year


Mount Vernon
Leif Carey-Odden, first-year


Woodinville
Nev Nelson, first-year

Wisconsin

Amery
Addison Tollakson, junior


Appleton
Katie Fetting, senior
Alexis Johnson, junior
Allison Meinheit, senior


Brookfield
Barrett Poetker, senior


Cambridge
Cammi Gould, junior
Hannah Hoffmann, junior


Cross Plains
Cam Moll, first-year


De Pere
Shayla Cauldwell, sophomore


Deforest
Mathea Diedrich, sophomore


Dodgeville
Cody Pierce, sophomore


Eagle River
Vicky Harris, junior


Eau Claire
Emma Pichelmann, first-year
Sadie Pichelmann, senior
Laurel Studt, senior


Ellsworth
Jolene Schultz, first-year


Ettrick
Izzy Clark, junior


Evansville
Irelyn Baumberger, junior


Ferryville
Lanie Buchner, senior
Vin Buchner, first-year


Fond Du Lac
Hailey Becker, senior


Green Bay
Ashley Karas, sophomore


Hayward
Anya Bacon, sophomore


Hudson
Jacey Echo, junior
Scott Rust, sophomore


Janesville
Jack Jorgensen, senior
Olivia Luster, sophomore
Alyssa Strampe, first-year


La Crosse
Annika Dome, senior
Anna Gorski, junior
Isaac List, senior
Ava Shively, sophomore


Lancaster
Madalyn McWilliams, junior


Lodi
Samantha Himegarner, junior


Madison
Jack Bell, first-year
Emmelyn Cullen, junior
Griffin Glassel, sophomore
Audrey Kuhn, first-year
Charlotte Ravenscroft, junior
Malachi Rettmann, sophomore
Elizabeth Roby, senior


Mellen
Sorley Swanstrom-Arnold, first-year


Menomonie
Tyler Buhr, sophomore
Rachel Heinrich, sophomore
Carly Witucki, sophomore


Middleton
Iris Ohlrogge, senior


Milwaukee
Anne Sedlacek, junior


Mosinee
Megan Priest, junior


Muskego
Darren Kremer, senior


New Auburn
Laura Elmquist, senior


New Richmond
James Nysse, senior


Onalaska
Matti Sysimaki, first-year


Oregon
Blake Anderson, sophomore
Michaela Bieno, senior


Osceola
Ryan Rogers, senior


Prairie du Chien
Carter Wittrig, senior


Racine
Christina Dressler, junior
Erin Keller, senior


Rice Lake
Emily Fell, senior


River Falls
Christina Rolf, first-year
Tobias Snow, sophomore
William Tuchtenhagen, junior


Seymour
Mercede Heinke, junior


Slinger
Katelyn Hosking, first-year


Sparta
Myah Kenyon, sophomore


Spring Green
Emily Kane, first-year


Stevens Point
Rachel Lummis, junior


Stoughton
Piper Jensen, first-year


Sturgeon Bay
Mya Ploor, sophomore


Sun Prairie
Madeleine Way, sophomore


Union Grove
McKinley Leinweber, sophomore


Verona
Alli Thomley, first-year


Viroqua
Evergreen Wildingway, senior


Waterford
Jacob Klingsten, first-year


Watertown
Evan Berth, junior


Waukesha
Grace James, senior


Wauwatosa
Jimmy Fuhrman, junior


Whitehall
Riley Frank, junior
Hannah Stoutner, first-year

 

International

Armenia

Dilijan
Ani Sargsyan, senior


Yerevan
Arpine Hovhannisyan, senior 

Bangladesh

Dhaka
Jaraad Ahmed, first-year 

Belarus

Minsk
Darya Davidouskaya, senior

Brazil

Bahia
Luiz Socorro Oliveira, sophomore 

Cambodia

Siem Reap
Ratanak Chea, junior 

Canada

Edmonton
Anneke Knauss, senior 

Chile

Santiago
Javiera Caro Carrasco, sophomore 

China

Beijing
Qian Yang, senior


Heze, Shandong
Millie Wang, first-year


Shanghai
Huan Wang, junior 

Ecuador

Chimborazo
Paola Valdivieso Santillan, junior

Ethiopia

Addis Abeba
Meron Kahsay, senior 

Germany

Altenberge
Tim Hellermann, junior


Baden-Wurttemberg
Methembe Moyo, junior


Freiburg
Victor Oluwa, first-year 

India

Ghaziabad- Uttar Pradesh
Anirudh Chauhan, junior


New Delhi
Sneha Verma, senior


Phaltan
Sharayu Phanse, senior


Pune Mh
Kien Huynh, senior

Italy

Duino
Ghazal Alabtah, junior
Awate Elizabeth Loma, first-year 

Kosovo

Gjakova
Diona Doli, junior 

Liberia

Monrovia
Delroy Taylor, junior 

Mauritius

Bambous
Navishta Gayadin, first-year 

Mexico

Mexico City
Sebastian Zavala Brito, first-year 

Myanmar

Yangon
Eric Min, junior 

Nepal

Itahari
Kritib Bhattarai, senior


Pokhara
Suman Chapai, junior


Sindhupalchok
Susmita Giri, first-year 

Netherlands

Bergen
Luna Van Tol, first-year 

Nicaragua

Jinotepe
Anghy Aragon Alegria, sophomore 

Oman

Azaiba
Maren Lee, first-year 

Panama

Panama City
Melany Nicole Ruiz Torres, senior 

Paraguay

Pilar
Juan Palacios Rodas, senior 

Spain

Barcelona
Laura Miro I Rodrigo, sophomore 

Swaziland

Hhohho
Alice Odame, senior


Malkerns
Siyabonga Mabuza, senior 

Sweden

Goteborg
Linnea Johnson Nordqvist, sophomore 

Tanzania

Arusha
Ahmed Osman, first-year 

Timor-Leste

Dili
Jora Ferreira Alves, senior 

Uruguay

Montevideo
Maite Olivera Caballero, first-year 

Vietnam

Ba Ria-Vung Tau
Thuy Duong Truong, first-year


Can Tho
Quang Lam, senior


Ha Tinh
Gia Minh Nguyen, sophomore


Hanoi
Hudson Nguyen, first-year
Thu Ta, junior
Nguyen An Vuong, junior
Do Ngoc Diep Le, first-year
Loi Mai, junior
Long Khuong, junior
Anh Nguyen, senior


Ho Chi Minh City
Tracy Bui, first-year
Tan Le, junior
Khanh Linh Tran, first-year


Hue City
Nancy Hoang Ngan Le, sophomore


Nam Dihn
Michelle Bui, first-year


Nghe an
Tran Luc Vuong, sophomore


Vung Tau City
Duong Truong, sophomore 

Zimbabwe

Harare
Michael Musa, junior

 

 

 

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Luther College hosts Black History Month Distinguished Lecture by Gloria Ladson-Billings

In recognition of Black History Month, Luther College will host “The Politics of Critical Race Theory,” a lecture by Gloria Ladson-Billings at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10 via Zoom.

Ladson-Billings is known for her work in culturally relevant teaching and equity-focused instruction. She has done extensive research on the application of critical race theory in education. Her critically acclaimed book “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African-American Children,” tells the stories, strategies and experiences of eight teachers who are successful in educating young African Americans and helping them realize their dreams. It is widely known and utilized in the education field.

During the 2005 American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting, Ladson-Billings delivered her presidential address, “From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt: Understanding Achievement in U.S. Schools” in which she highlighted the combination of historical, moral, socio-political and economic factors that have disproportionately affected African-American, Latino, Asian and other non-white students.

“Given the national strife over the role of race in the curriculum of our educational systems, I can think of nothing more valuable than the insights of a scholar like Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, whose research on race and education has made essential contributions to the field of critical race theory,” said Novian Whitsitt, professor of Africana studies and English.

Critical race theory scholars attempt to understand and transform the relationship between race, racism, and power. In her talk, Ladson-Billings will discuss how critical race theory applies to the political landscape, culture wars and how it impacts perception of educational opportunities.

Ladson-Billings is the former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor of Urban Education in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she also served as the assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs.

Sponsored by Luther’s new Identity Studies program, the link to the virtual event can be found at luther.edu/events. It is open to the public at no cost.

About Luther College

Luther College is home to about 1,800 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.

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Luther College Sports and Recreation Center to undergo $1.2 million renovation project and name change

Luther College is preparing for a major renovation of the Sports and Recreation Center (SRC) in 2022. The improvements to the 45,000 square-foot facility include new floor surfacing that combines performance and safety, replacement of the multipurpose netting system to maximize space utilization, and installation of a videoboard to enhance the student and spectator experience. The estimated cost of the project is $1.2 million. To date, more than $1 million has been secured through the generosity of donors.

Constructed in 1991 as part of an expansion of Luther’s athletics complex, the SRC has never undergone significant updates. It is heavily used year-round for practices, competition, recreation, and events. The facility currently houses a 200-meter, six-lane track; two batting cages; six tennis courts; and two basketball courts.

            “We are so grateful to have the SRC. Whether it’s being used by the tennis or track and field teams for indoor training and competition, by the baseball and softball teams for preseason workouts, or by community members walking and jogging inside to avoid the cold winter weather, it has many purposes,” said Renae Hartl, director of intercollegiate athletics. “This building has served us well over the years and now it’s time to make this space more vibrant and functional so people can enjoy it for years to come.”

            Along with the renovation project comes the commemorative naming of spaces to honor Luther coaches who have made a lifetime of impact on their student-athletes.

Robert and Ann Naslund Sports and Recreation Center

            The SRC will be known as the Robert and Ann Naslund Sports and Recreation Center. From a student-athlete to coach to friend and avid supporter, Robert Naslund ’65 has had strong ties to Luther for over 50 years.

“Nas” served at the helm of the football team for 18 years and the track and field team for 12 years, winning 12 Iowa Conference team titles and Coach of the Year honors nine times. He played football and ran track and field at Luther, earning all-conference honors in both sports and the respect of his coaches and teammates. Naslund was a teacher and mentor for Luther students and has maintained relationships with alumni for decades. In retirement, Naslund often drives the Luther team bus and remains a fan of Norse student-athletes and teams.

“Having the Naslund name on the SRC is appreciated and meaningful beyond words for me, Ann, and our family,” said Naslund. “This newly restored center will be very special for all of the people it serves and for all of us who love Luther College.”

Naslund said he fell in love with Luther in the spring of 1960 when he arrived on campus for a visit and met coaches Edsel Schweizer and Hamlet Peterson. He enrolled in the fall of that same year.

“Ever since that 150 pound linebacking ‘Blue Bullet’ and first-generation college farm kid from Cambridge, Illinois, showed up on the Luther campus, there has been a journey full of great stories about the great people at this place! I am eternally grateful to the coaches and athletes who created all of those stories including Rich, Su, and Kirk. It’s an honor to be recognized alongside them. The Sports and Recreation Center has been and will be the source of many great stories to come,” he said.

Naslund expressed overwhelming gratitude to the donors who are making this renovation a reality. “Their extraordinary generosity and support will impact the Luther College family and Decorah community for years to come!” The naming of the facility is supported through a challenge gift from Joe ’80 and Greer Whitters.

            “We wanted to donate to this project because we believe students should have a balance between academics and extracurricular activities,” said Joe Whitters. “Luther has seen many great professors and coaches but Coach Naslund did it for so long and so well and continues his commitment to Luther Athletics to this day.”

Oertel/Leake Indoor Courts

            The tennis courts will be named the Oertel/Leake Indoor Courts in honor of coaches Su Oertel ’72 and Richard Leake.

            Oertel retired in 2006 after an impressive 31-year coaching career as the head women’s tennis coach beginning in 1975. With a dual meet record of 383-189, Oertel was one of the best known and most successful coaches in the college’s history. She guided the Norse to four AIAW Iowa State Championships in five years and an unmatched 23 of 24 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s tennis championships. The women’s tennis team won 19 consecutive IIAC titles, 17 of them with Oertel coaching on site. Oertel was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year for Division III Women’s Tennis 12 times and in 1992, she was voted Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Coach of the Year in Division III women. Her student-athletes made 10 trips to the NCAA Division III national team tournament and 13 trips to the NCAA III national individual tournament.

            “What a tremendous honor this naming is. I got to work in a beautiful facility that I loved, with people I loved, at a college that I love,” said Oertel. “Playing on tennis courts taped to the basketball floors and practicing in the gyms at 6 a.m. or 10 p.m. when it was available, we all excitedly watched the much-needed SRC facility being built in 1991. I want to thank those who contributed to the updating of the SRC project. The renovation of this space will update an already tremendous facility by making much-needed, sport-specific improvements. To be identified with Luther College as a student-athlete and coach and now, with my name on the indoor tennis courts with Rich are tremendous honors. Go Norse!”

            The joint naming of this space symbolizes the relationship between Oertel and Leake who worked closely with and supported each other during their coaching careers. Leake coached the women’s tennis team in 1984-85 while Oertel was pursuing her doctoral degree. That year, the team won the Iowa Conference Championship and Leake was named Coach of the Year.

            Leake was the head men’s tennis coach from 1975-83 and 1985-2001. He led the Norse to 11 Iowa Conference Championships that included a string of eight consecutive titles from 1988-1995. He coached eight Iowa Conference MVPs, one three-time NCAA III All-American, 56 conference singles champions, and 53 conference doubles champions. During his time as men’s head tennis coach, he was selected Iowa Conference Coach of the Year 12 times and completed his career with a dual meet record of 270-209.

            “It is an unbelievable honor to be recognized alongside these great Luther coaches and athletes,” said Leake. “I am very grateful for the donors who are making this top-notch facility possible. The renovation of this indoor space should be a real boost to the recruitment of tennis and track student-athletes. Although the current facility has served Luther College well for 30 years, it is time for an upgrade and a facelift. I could not be more pleased that Luther is investing in its athletic program with this new facility.”

             As part of the renovation, the indoor courts will be reconfigured to include four doubles tennis courts.

Neubauer Indoor Track

            The indoor track will be named the Neubauer Indoor Track in honor of Kirk Neubauer ’76. Neubauer was the head coach of the men’s track and field team from 1980-1986. His teams won the Iowa Conference Championships all seven years, and he was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year four times. He also coached the women’s cross country team for three seasons (1986-1988). His ’87 team won an Iowa Conference title, and he was selected Coach of the Year.

According to Neubauer, Naslund was instrumental in his decision to attend Luther.

“During my senior year in high school, Coach Naslund made the effort to visit my home on the farm in Iowa Falls to better acquaint me with Luther. Coach Naslund convinced me, as well as my parents, that Luther was a special place. Having him as my track coach for four years and running on four conference championship teams under his leadership was a privilege.”

Neubauer said that when he was informed that the new track would be named in his honor, he was “taken aback” and wants all of the student-athletes he coached over the years to know that this naming is a collaboration of all of their efforts. He also recognizes that the new track was made possible through a generous donation.  

“Although the family who supported the track renovation wished to remain anonymous, I know their financial commitment to Luther over the years has been phenomenal, and we thank them once again for their generosity! Coaches Naslund, Oertel, Leake, and I were all members of the Luther Athletic Department staff during the same era, so sharing the excitement of the SRC renovation with them is especially gratifying.”

            Neubauer hopes that, along with being an incredible setting for training and competition, Decorah community members will utilize the track for health and fitness initiatives, especially when inclement weather interferes with exercise.

Make a gift

Fundraising continues for the SRC renovation project, and gifts and pledges of all sizes are appreciated. Multiyear pledges may be fulfilled over three years. All gifts of $10,000 or more qualify for recognition on the donor wall in the facility. For more information on ways to support this project, call the Development Office at (800) 225-8664 to speak with a development officer. For more information visit luther.edu/giving/priorities/sail-norse/src/.

Luther College, a NCAA Division III athletics program, is a member of the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) located in Decorah, Iowa.

About Luther College

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Andy Hageman named director of the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement

Andy Hageman, associate professor of English, has been named the new director of the Center for Ethics and Public Engagement (CEPE) at Luther College.

            “I am thrilled and honored to be taking the role of director of the CEPE,” said Hageman. “My training, research, and teaching focus on the power of narrative, the ethical opportunities and challenges as new technologies emerge and shape our cultures, and the role science fiction can play in creatively addressing climate change and racism. I look forward to leading the center with attention to ethics in the stories we create, circulate, and consume about justice, from algorithms and athletics to ancient aquatic arthropods.” 

Founded in 2006, the CEPE’s mission is to extend conversation beyond the classroom by examining assumptions, exchanging ideas, and encouraging responsible action in our world. By encouraging and supporting deep reflection about ethical matters and responsible citizenship, the center helps students connect the pursuit of learning with what it means to live a meaningful life.

This mission is supported through programming such as guest speakers and residencies, discussions, reading groups, news hour gatherings, and panel discussions. A theme guides each year’s focus. This year the theme is The Ethics of Leadership.

Hageman teaches courses in the English department, environmental studies program, Paideia first-year experience, and capstones on ethics. He promotes the rigorous imagining of how and why an interdisciplinary liberal arts education prepares students for a future of life, work, and civic engagement. He collaborates with students to shape their core competencies in creative analysis and design, ethical judgment, and the power of narrative.

            “The CEPE is a portal through which Luther students, faculty, and staff can share their innovative and interdisciplinary work with broader communities. At the heart of my own work is embracing the entanglement of different disciplines. I see the center as a way to connect projects and pursuits–a space where scholars in English, environmental studies, and data science, for example, design projects together. Likewise, the center will provide students opportunities to connect their academic work to the paths they will move along after graduation,” said Hageman.

            Hageman will begin his five-year term as director of the CEPE in February 2022. He succeeds Victoria Christman who was recently appointed director of the Center for Global Learning at Luther College.

About Luther College

Luther College is home to about 1,800 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.

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Luther College opera wins national award

Luther’s spring 2021 opera production of “Dido and Aeneas” has been awarded first place in Division II of the National Opera Association’s (NOA) 2020-21 Opera Production Competition.

The competition promotes excellence in opera education and pedagogy through its support of a diverse community of opera educators and professionals. This was the first time Luther has entered this annual contest.

“This award is an outstanding tribute to our program,” said Andrew Whitfield, coordinator of opera. “The judges noted wonderful musicality, the full engagement of the ensemble throughout the piece, the inventive concept and the cohesive staging. We are very proud of the work of our students. We see their talent and dedication evidenced on campus every day, and it is exciting to see these attributes celebrated at the national level.”

“I’m very proud of the production we put together,” said Dylan Schang who played the role of Aenas. “Our production of ‘Dido and Aeneas’ spoke to the importance of preserving democracy, particularly in today’s political climate, set to the tragic story of the two lovers. I think this award represents the vision of our directors, realized by our cast and crew, to offer a sincerely impactful production.”

Due to the ongoing pandemic, instructors and students were met with challenges they had to overcome such as mask-wearing, limited rehearsal times and having to act to the student vocalists’ and instrumentalists’ pre-recorded audio for a livestream performance. 

“Winning first place is a great honor,” said Molly Holcomb who played the role of Belinda. “It really shows the amount of effort both the cast and crew put into the opera production, especially considering the circumstances. It was a kind of production that Luther had never put on before, sort of like a big experiment. Winning the award means that the experiment was a success, and that’s something we should all be proud of. It was truly a team effort.”

The production was directed by Whitfield and Carla Thelen Hanson, instructor in music, with Nicholas Shaneyfelt, assistant professor of music, as the music director. Mick Layden, digital media producer for the music department, served as sound technician and livestream videographer. Mark Potvin, assistant professor of music, was the scene designer. Other production team members included Cleo Garza, Emmelyn Cullen, and Marann Faget.

Cast members included Evan Berth, Kyla Billington, Andrea Blocker, Patrick Carew, Nicholas Drilling, Willa Eacret, Megan Elford, Gabe Goeddeke, Molly Graff, Mikaela Hanrahan, Ashley Harms, Joshua Hartl, Molly Holcomb, Emily Lauer, Stefanie Maas, Hunter Meyer, Rhylan Peterson, Ash Rebmann, Barbara Reed, Brenna Reiland, Brynja Riehm, Dylan Schang, Anne Sedlacek, Abs Trewin, Thomas Warden, Madeline Wilkins and Ethan Williams.

Orchestra members included Nathan Eck, Ben Gunsch, Eric Head, Shana Liu, Frances Marshall, Malachi Rettmann and Belle Searcy.

The goal of the NOA Opera Production Competition is to further the organization’s mission by encouraging and rewarding creative, high-quality opera productions at academic institutions and music conservatories. Due to the vast range of resources available to producing organizations, the entrants are first divided into undergraduate and graduate levels (based on predominant age group or training level of the cast), and then each level is divided into three divisions according to production size and budget. Luther falls into Division II.

“The Luther music program as a whole creates so many opportunities beyond just opera; the history of excellence in music education training specifically in the choral field is truly exemplary,” said Schang.

“Luther provides a high caliber music education, and you constantly feel like you’re not only being pushed by those around you, but supported as well. I feel extremely grateful to be a part of Luther’s music legacy and the community it creates,” said Holcomb.

About Luther College Music

Luther is home to one of the largest undergraduate music programs in the nation, with five choirs, three orchestras, two bands, two jazz bands and more than 600 student musicians. Luther students participate in large ensembles, faculty-coached chamber groups, private lessons and master classes. Nearly 175 music majors study music theory, ear training, history, education, composition, jazz, church music and performance. Learn more at luther.edu/music.

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Luther College looks to the community to preserve this moment in history

Luther College is collecting COVID-19 related materials to archive this historic time

The current COVID-19 pandemic has completely shifted the way people, locally and across the world, live. It is a time like none other and now Luther College is working to preserve this moment in history for future generations with the help of the local community. Hayley Jackson, college archivist at Luther, is spearheading this project.

Example submission: Home sewn face masks

“There are no limits to what you can contribute. We are looking for pictures of the neighborhood or at-home work and study spaces, screenshots of a Zoom meeting, social media posts about what you did on a certain day, a recipe for that new sourdough starter you’re keeping alive, a shopping list, a video of yourself or a loved one talking about life during this pandemic–all of these would be important contributions and help tell the story of our community during this time. Nothing is too insignificant, so be creative,” said Jackson. “These types of materials are some of the most visceral ways people connect with history.”

Jackson’s job is to preserve the institution’s history and that includes taking a look at what is happening today to determine what could be of interest 20, 50 or 100 years from now.

“There are times where it can be hard to predict what might be of historical interest down the road. In this case, there is no doubt that this global pandemic will be of great interest,” said Jackson.

To make a digital submission visit https://www.luther.edu/archives/donate/covid19/. To make a physical contribution, mail it to: Preus Library 310 – Upper Floor, Luther College, 700 College Dr. Decorah, IA 52101. Physical submissions can also be brought to Preus Library after social distancing directives have been lifted. These donations will become part of physical and digital collections within the Luther College Archives, where they will be preserved and available for research.

Example submission: Sourdough starter

“One of the most exciting parts about this project is that it offers our students and community members the chance to contribute directly to the historical narrative. It’s a chance to tell their story, to say ‘I was here, this is what I experienced.’ Every story is worth preserving,” said Jackson. “Participants of this project are living purposefully because they are contributing to a project where benefits won’t be realized for several years. By choosing to participate, people are recognizing that they have something to offer that might help future researchers. They’re intentionally contributing to something larger than themselves, hoping that it helps society down the road.”

If you have any questions, contact Jackson at [email protected].

Luther College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates who explore big questions and take action to benefit people, communities and society. Our 60+ academic programs, experiential approach to learning and welcoming community inspire students to learn actively, live purposefully and lead courageously for a lifetime of impact. Learn more at luther.edu.

 

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